Characters: Ramona Quimby
The main character. Energetic and inquisitive, Ramona is sometimes a handful for her parents and teachers, despite that she enjoys school (except spelling, since she finds it boring) and gets along with most of her class.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Beezus.
- Ascended Extra / Breakout Character: Started out as merely the Annoying Younger Sibling to Beezus in the Henry Huggins books before becoming the protagonist of her own series.
- Audience Surrogate
- Berserk Button: Being treated as if she's amusing when she's trying to be serious sets her off.
- Bratty Half-Pint: In the Henry Huggins books.
- Deuteragonist: In Beezus and Ramona, she's the deuteragonist to Beezus's protagonist. This lasts for that book only.
- Genki Girl: She's described as someone who "likes to be excited" and "the cheerleader type" by Beezus.
- Girliness Upgrade: In Ramona the Pest, she trades the overalls she wore in the Henry Huggins books and Beezus and Ramona for dresses as she enters kindergarten.
- Makes sense for the time the first books are written. Pants and overalls on girls were verboten in schools
- Middle Child Syndrome: Ramona finds herself facing this when her mother is pregnant, and later has a baby.
Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby
Ramona's big sister, and the main character of Beezus and Ramona
. She fights with her sister often, but they still get along for the most part, especially as Ramona gets older and matures.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Somewhat. Although she's by no means ugly, she's described in the books as being a little bit gawky and having acne like an average teenager (something she's rather sensitive about). In the Ramona and Beezus film she's played by the lovely and completely clear-skinned Selena Gomez.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She can be this at times, especially towards Ramona.
- Cool Big Sis: Can be this for Ramona as well.
- A Day in the Limelight: Beezus and Ramona is the only book written from Beezus' perspective, coming after the Henry Huggins books but before Ramona took over the rest of the series.
- Only Known by Their Nickname/In-Series Nickname: Her real name is Beatrice, but Ramona started calling her Beezus when she was little and unable to pronounce her name correctly. It becomes a major issue in later books when she grows tired of the nickname.
- Those Two Girls: With Mary Jane in Henry Huggins.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Mary Jane's girly girl.
Born at the end of Ramona Forever
when Ramona was eight years old. She caused Ramona to develop a slight Middle Child Syndrome
, though Ramona does enjoy playing with her and tries to get her parents to let her babysit.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She doesn't actually show up until the end of Ramona Forever, but her impending birth is an important part of the plot beforehand.
Ramona's mother. Originally a stay-at-home mom, she started working part time in Ramona the Brave
to help the family make money and then full time in Ramona and her Father
after her husband lost his job.
- Career Versus Family: Ramona doesn't take it too well that her Mother isn't staying at home like she used to, though that could be more due to the fact she's being baby sat by Howies' and Willa Jeans' grandmother.
- Good Mother: Most of the time. Though she can be stern, she's usually pretty good with her daughters.
Ramona's father and aspiring artist. He was laid off in Ramona and Her Father
but got a job as a cashier at a supermarket. Frustrated with the stress of the job he went back to college to get his teaching certificate, however due to being unable to find work as a teacher, he returned to work at the supermarket as a manager.
- Compressed Vice: He starts smoking in Ramona and Her Father but quits before the end of the book.
- Good Father: In the same vein as his wife. He means well, even if he messes up sometimes.
Dorothy's younger sister and Beezus' favorite aunt. She's an important secondary character in Beezus and Ramona
but doesn't show up again until Ramona Forever
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Was this to Dorothy when they were children.
- Cool Aunt: Her visits are highly anticipated by Beezus and Ramona.
- Demoted to Extra/Put on a Bus: In the first book Aunt Beatrice is established as important part of the Quimby family and constant visitor to the house but, aside from being referenced in Ramona and Her Mother, she doesn't make an appearance until six books and four years (29 years in real world time) later in Ramona Forever.
- Long Lost Aunt Aesop: She returns in Ramona Forever and marries Howie Kemp's uncle.
- Official Couple: With Howie's uncle in Ramona Forever.
The family cat, who is several years older than Ramona. He dies during Ramona Forever
- Cats Are Mean: To Ramona anyway. Justified in that she was mean to him when she was very young (she used to use his fur to wipe paint off her hands, among other things), and he never got over it.
Beezus's friend, and star of his own series. He's an important character in Beezus and Ramona
, and makes a few appearances in later Ramona books.
A boy in Ramona's class. In kindergarten she thought he was cute and would chase him around trying to kiss him. He has trouble in school, and Ramona often tries to help him out.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Ramona is often reprimanded for trying to help him out in class instead of doing her own work.
- Put on a Bus: He's never seen again after Ramona the Brave since they end up in different classrooms.
The Kemp family
Howie, Willa Jean, their grandmother, and their Uncle Hobart. Howie is Ramona's friend throughout the series, though they start to drift apart as they get older. Willa Jean is Howie's younger sister and causes a lot of trouble (in fact, she acts just like Ramona did when she was four). Howie's grandmother spoils Willa Jean, but doesn't like Ramona, making her watch Willa Jean and then blaming Ramona whenever she does anything wrong. Uncle Hobart shows up in Ramona Forever
and marries Aunt Bea before the two move to Alaska.
- Karma Houdini: Despite treating Ramona like crap and using her as a free babysitter, Howie's grandmother ends up getting exactly what she wants (not having to watch Ramona anymore).
- Platonic Life Partners: Ramona Quimby and Howie Kemp.
- Poetic Justice: A mild case. Howie's sister, Willa Jean, annoys Ramona and Howie in the exact same manner that Ramona annoyed Henry and Beezus in the first book. Not that Ramona would ever admit that she acted that way.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Howie's reaction to being called Ramona's boyfriend by Hobart.
A girl in Ramona's classes throughout the series, and one of the few that Ramona doesn't get along with. In kindergarten Ramona was obsessed with tugging on Susan's curls and yelling "boing!", but their full-blown animosity didn't start until first grade when Susan copied Ramona's art project and Ramona retaliated by destroying Susan's work. Ramona makes peace with her at the very end of Ramona's World
when she realizes that Susan is only the way she is because of her mother.
- Always Someone Better: For Ramona.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Susan Kushner, who would become Ramona's rival throughout elementary school, first appears in Beezus and Ramona as one of a bunch of kids invited to Ramona's party.
- The Rival: To Ramona.
- Stepford Smiler: Is a "Miss Perfect" type that behaves impeccably with adults yet is being pushed by her mother to be perfect.
Introduced in Ramona's World
, she quickly becomes Ramona's best friend. Her family mirrors Ramona's in many ways, and Ramona thinks that Daisy is absolutely perfect.
A boy in Ramona's fourth grade class. Even though he starts out teasing her and stealing her eraser, they become friends and she quickly develops a crush on him.
- Insult Backfire: Ramona gives him the nickname "Yard Ape", which he enjoys. He tries calling her "Bigfoot", but she only responds with "that's Superfoot to you".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only refereed to by his real name in the series when addressed by adults. Even the narration calls him Yard Ape.
- UST: Well, in the sense that 9-year olds can have sexual tension. Ramona and Yard Ape both clearly have crushes on each other, but they don't want to admit it to each other, and the series ends before they're old enough to start dating.